Woman on the Edge of Time
From the Paperback edition.
It’s interesting how the lens of three decades of life experience can sharpen the focus of certain stories—and even parts of stories. When I first read Woman on the Edge of Time not long after it was published (1976), I was barely into my 20s and already a reliable cog in the corporate machine. At that time, I enjoyed Marge Piercy’s story of a 37-year-old Chicana woman in New York whose already-complicated life takes a twist for the bizarre when she begins to communicate with an ambassador from...more
I thought this book spoke well to three broad topics:
-What it meant to be a mental patient in the 70's
-What the future could be like if we continue to pollute our planet and our bodies with syn...more
Rating: 3.3-3.5 stars
If the last two novels I had read before this had been Paul McAuley's The Quiet War and Bruce Sterling's The Caryatids then I may have nudged my rating into the 4-star category but they weren't. Instead they were Sylvia Townsend Warner's Lolly Willowes, Mr. Fortune's Maggot and Summer Will Show, an...more
This novel also has some nice poetic moments. In one of the more illustrative passages, Connie's friends from the...more
Unlike other utopia novels, Piercy gives you room to agree or not. This is admirable and is as it should be; I can't stand force-feeding-shrill-polemic books (Ayn Rand, I'm looking at you). As John Stuart Mill said, "The worst offense that can be committed by a polemic is to stigmatize those wh...more
it's about this lady who sometimes travels into this utopian-egalitarian future. she lives in an insane asylum so you're not supposed to know if she's crazy or really time traveling. the end is a surprise.
i thought it was really interesting to read about what this author thought a feminist utopia would look like. i thought it was fun to agree or disagree with aspects of it and i unintentionally started designing my ow...more
Even after my lengthy intermission (I had to return the book to the library, and then wait for the hold to work its way back to me), I found myself instantly caught up in it again.
The only thing I'm on the fence a...more
I loved reading about the utopian society, but I didn't read it entirely without misgivings. It was fun to wonder would things be better this or that way, but also I found myself wondering what exactly the author intended at some points. I mean, I know that Connie's observation...more
Connie Ramos, in trying to protect her niece from a violent boyfriend ends up being returned to a mental hospital where she is considered to be insane. While struggling to hold on t...more
An anarchist reading group whose meetings I've been attending held a discussion of this book, which is why I picked it up in the first place. One member said that Piercy's vision of a non-hierarchical soci...more
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In the meant...more
Books I couldn't help think of while reading Woman on the Edge of Time:
*The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Treatment of poor minority women, and issues of consent)
*One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Who's crazy in the loony bin?)
*My Lobotomy (Memoir from a former patient who had a forced lobotomy when he was a child)
*To Say Not...more
The book was written back in the early '70's, and its one of the few Piercy books I know of (which isn't really a lot) that tries to be so Sci Fi'ey... so I have...more
::: Edge of Time, Edge of Reason :::
Connie Ramos, the protagonist, is a middle-aged Hispanic woman living in poverty in New York City. Already committed...more
When I take a step back and think about WHEN this was written (early 70's), it's a bit mind-blowing, really. In addition, the creation of an entire way of speaking - all the future slang - is incredible. I'm sure many readers thought this annoying or clunky, but I admired h...more
I still love this book because the protagonist, Connie Ramos, is raw and her life is so rough around the edges. Too often, authors produce sanitized characters (but I think their readers want this). But Marge Piercy really makes you feel how difficult every day life is for Connie - even the smal...more
Whilst Marge Piercy's vision of utopia and dystopia doesn't offer anything new to all the other utopia/dystopia books out there, I really loved the anti-establishment edge to the book.
Through Connie Ramos (a refreshingly imperfect non-Anglo protagonist), we experience two alternate visions of the year 2137 - one a 'utopia' of self sufficiency, where girls go with boys, or girls go with girls who want boys, and boys go with boys.....b...more
Piercy's novel, as many other reviewers have noted, is somewhat dated for the contemporary reader - written in 1976, her vision of the haves and the have-nots resonates strongly with Marxist-leaning feminist politics emergent at that moment. We may think ourselves much more inclined to seek out the nuances of sociopolitical oppression today (though isn't this--the sense that "we" are somehow more developed than those who have come before us--one of the interesting tensions between the...more
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Piercy was born in Detroit, Michigan, to a family deeply affected by the Great Depression. She was the first in her family to attend college, studying at the University of Michigan. Winning a...more